..:: Kellog ::..


Saturday, October 30, 2004

Eye See You

I never liked the idea of webcams cos they freaked me out. Like an eye, always staring at you, and it's like you never know if you accidentally left it on or not.

But it came free with my laptop...and easily detachable from the USB port. Had my first video chatting session with my brother yesterday. It was actually fun.

I miss my brother. Come back soon. I'm rounding up all my cute single female friends for ya!
kellykelly, 10/30/2004 07:45:00 pm | link | 9 comments |

LKY with Charlie Rose

I am in awe of Lee Kuan Yew. Sat down to watch his interview with Charlie Rose, and in 1 hour, he made me nod my head numerous times, and made me wanna take notes. His intelligence and knowledge is just incredible.

Of course, nagging thoughts of his authocratic harshness stays. Especially when he talked about the importance of history, which is a good thing. But beneath those wise words on how we can learn for history, one gets a sense of his hard concern with legacy, and obsession on how greatness gets remembered, rather than being concerned with the little people. I'll give you this example:

LKY: (about Iraq) Casualties have crossed the 1,000 mark. It`s a disaster. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died. They`re killing each other and they`ll continue to kill each other.
I think you have to look at it in the long term. All this will be forgotten, but how did you, at the end of the day, hold your head up and said, I came to do good, and I did good.
You did not go as conquerors. But alas, for various reasons, you didn`t get the blessings of the UN. Otherwise, it would have been much easier. And you had to carry the burden of being an occupying force. You go through with this, leave it in better shape, and you`ll still be a leader of the world.
ROSE: There is also this lesson, whether it`s Singapore or China or Vietnam
or Iraq, you have to learn from history.
LKY: Yes.

So that was my one quibble (in bold, which I read as a referral to himself...), as well as the very thing that his haters like to pick on...the fact that this -is- a great man, and the tragic lives of the small men will be secondary (in his eyes) to the legend of the big man. That all this (the 100,000s that died) will be forgotten, might be sadly true. But that is his main concern. Which is uncomfortable for me to accept.

And I do know many that cannot accept that. Yet, I must bashfully admit the inhuman in me and I remain in awe of his charisma and sharp intellect. As mentioned in a conversation last night, some people like their leaders they can identify with, that they can warm up to. I personally don't like my leaders to be the everyday man so in touch with the masses. I'll leave that to my next door neighbour or the town mayor/local minister. Don't get me wrong, I don't believe leaders should be untouchable and distant. It takes a special individual to connect with the people, while inspiring awe at the same time, be charismatic, with intelligence clearly beyond the everyday man, to lead. Call it elitist, but I think that's called personal preference.

kellykelly, 10/30/2004 07:19:00 pm | link | 6 comments |

My Boyfriend's Addicted To David Beckham's Nuts

...the Meiji chocolate almond ones. We first came across them in SF's Japantown. Pat's very happy he finds them here everywhere. We call 'em Beckham's nuts. He really likes eating them.

So do David Beckham's fans:
"Yes, I want to eat Beckham!"

Yum Yum.
kellykelly, 10/30/2004 02:24:00 am | link | 1 comments |

Friday, October 29, 2004

Tripping Down Serangoon Road

Jon, Pat and I headed down to Little India to check out Emily and Rutherford's Andy Forever exhibition. I'm not just saying I only liked their work because Emily's my friend. But I really did only like their work because I thought the rest of it was, as one exhibit (attempted to) show, all popcorn: fluff without substance...pretentious popcorn at that. Soon after, we explored Little India for some hearty Indian food.

Walking down Serangood Road during the Deepavali festivities is a trip, quite literally. All you know about street lights, sounds and smells are amplified twenty-fold in Little India. Serangoon Road looks like a Bollywood rave fest with neon, ultraviolet-looking lights and the glare of gold from the jewelry shops that muliply their flashes with mirrors, mirrors all competing for your attention . Your olfactory organs are stimulated by the sweet smells of jasmine clashing with the sharp spice of curry. Blaring Indian music from radios and Bollywood movies line the streets. So when you are walking down Serangoon Road at peak dinner hour, your five senses are tested for patience as you are unable to focus your eyes on any one thing for more than 1.5 seconds because your eyes dilate with flashy flashes coming at you from all angles; your ears don't know which sounds to filter out; ; your skin caresses the silks and flowers on display, and later the oiliness of your naan; your nose salivates your mouth as the smell of curry pricks a grumble in your tummy; and your tongue fires up over dinner.

It's all quite fun. Go check it out. Emily/Rutherford's exhibit (won't recommend the rest of it tho') and Little India.
kellykelly, 10/29/2004 09:54:00 am | link | 1 comments |

Deja Vu as Florida Struggles to Hold Pristine Election

"...already looks like the Third World-style fiasco..."

So how is this really possible? One can imagine this happening in an opaque, corrupt third world country. But America, the great big boss??
kellykelly, 10/29/2004 12:21:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Speaking of Glue...

I can't decide my favorite part, the too big reason or the too stingy one:

"He and his wife decided to use contraception but the condom they bought was too big so he stuck it on with glue."

A nurse said: "He even said that he thought the condom could be used several times and that he wanted it stuck on his penis so he could use it again later. We barely managed to remove it in the end."

kellykelly, 10/28/2004 11:06:00 pm | link | 1 comments |

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

My First Kelconomist Scrapbook

The Economist is my weekly source of information and entertainment. Aside from great articles (not all), they have some of the funniest news photos and captions that I often guffaw at, sometimes ceaselessly and embarrassingly in public.

So I came up with an idea of compiling all the articles and pictures I like into a scrapbook. Santa Patrick bought me the scrapbook after I mentioned the desire to make one. Not only that, he hung it in a plastic bag outside our door to surprise me when I came home. Not only that (now, here's the clincher), I commented how amazingly sweet he was to buy me that scrapbook (I'm so easy to please, I was seriously crazy happy), but said almost straightaway "shit, I need to get glue, don't have glue to start on my scrapbook". And he tells me to look in the bag, and there they were, 3 tubes of glue-stick (he knew not to get the liquid glue that will pucker up the sheets!) so I could get started on the scrapbook right away! And I couldn't stop grinning and saying, "oh, the glue! You got glue! ohhh honey! You got glue too!" I know this sounds absolutely ridiculous, but I went crazy at the fact that he thought of getting the glue. I must be in love.

So I spent a lovely evening eating some stir-fry my man cooked up for me, and sitting for 2 hours cutting up the old Economists that I had, on my new scrapbook, using my new stick of glue-stick, listening to some great house music that my man streamed online on Live365, while sitting across the table from me, occassionally breaking into conversation that ranged from the pension systems Singapore vs America to Prince's Purple Rain remixed into a set. Oh and it's pouring outside.

I couldn't be happier.
kellykelly, 10/27/2004 11:56:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

...but there are starving kids in China.

My favorite quote:

"My whole body smells like a lunch box!"
kellykelly, 10/27/2004 11:34:00 am | link | 1 comments |

B and G

Blogger and Gmail are two sites that constantly exceed my expectations. They appear to me to be truly based on consumer demand.

Of course, Google bought Blogger...which is a good thing for me, coz I've been liking the improvements on Blogger.

I'm still using hotmail as my main account because I like their rich-text feature. I want to be able to send html messages so I can attach links to photos (as I do often) rather than bulking up people's boxes with attachments. You can currently do that with Hotmail (just right click on a picture that's already online and copy and paste onto your email message). The moment Gmail adds that on, I'm outta hotmail. I've been practising Gmail features lately and slowly migrating there. Gmail really is awesome to use. More room for improvements though, but right now, I feel that the users actually have a voice under their request page (where you can ask for your top 5 features you want added), which is a great lure for the consumer. Bravo, Gmail. Good to know you are making use of the shitloads of money you are getting.
kellykelly, 10/27/2004 10:51:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Serenity Now

It's so chic to do Yoga these days it's so not chic.

Un-chicly, I've always wanted to try it out. When my future boss Bina sent out an email asking if I was interested in taking a one-hour per week class for 12 weeks for S$80, I couldn't resist. It falls on every Tuesday, coincidentally coinciding with my dad and Patrick's boys-night-out. A group of girls from work, most of whom I will be working with come Jan05, are taking the class too...so what better way to bond with the gals on a girls-night-out once a week for Yoga?

And I loved it. It was my first time doing Yoga ever. Today, we learnt the basic Sun Salute and the Triangle. These are apparently the most basic poses, but whoooboy am I inflexible! But I had so much fun doing it, and I felt awesome afterward. Walking to the bus-stop after the class, my muscles and joints felt amazingly loose. Sitting on the bus, I felt so stoned, light-headed and so relaxed. I have a terrible habit of tensing up unwittingly in my daily life (which is why people think I'm pissed off when I'm not), as well as having the worst posture. These are to be gotten rid of. I'll try, I'll try.

Man, I now wish I could have taken it earlier in Yoga-City San Francisco. But oh well, there's only today and tomorrow and tomorrow. The time to start is now.

kellykelly, 10/26/2004 10:25:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Zouk In, Zouk Out, Zouk In

Email from Jon:

"Jesus Christ! They've just added

Pete Tong - November 19
John Digweed - November 27

I mean come on people!!! This is ridiculous!"

It really is ridiculous all the big names Zouk is pulling in these days...what's going on? What's going on??? Definitely is a good time to be a progressive house fan living right next to Zouk. :D

Line up now stands at:
Nov 06 (Sat) - Danny Tenaglia
Nov 12 (Fri) - Armin Van Buuren
Nov 13 (Sat) - Aldrin
Nov 14 (Sun) - Sasha
Nov 19 (Fri) - Pete Tong
Nov 27 (Sat) - John Digweed
Dec 04 (Sat) - Paul Van Dyk, Timo Maas, Seb Fontaine, Miguel Migs, Satoshi Tomiie, DJ Jazzy Jeff (Zoukout)

*Kelly quivers with orgasmic joy*
kellykelly, 10/26/2004 03:44:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Bull and Hill

After the Bull Run on Friday and Bukit Timah Hill climb on Sunday, I am officially aching. No wonder I fell into deep sleep and did not stir despite the loud music and crowd noise at Sentosa Beach this afternoon...not even realizing the rain splattering on me as I snored.
kellykelly, 10/24/2004 10:10:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Finding Neverland

Oh boyyy...I so want to watch Finding Neverland, just by the fact that I love Peter Pan (the novel...reading it is such an immensely different experience from what you know Peter Pan to be. Disney's Peter Pan and the like create such horrid abberations on Pan's true character. Disney should be shot)...and Johnny Depp is just yum yum yummy.
kellykelly, 10/24/2004 10:06:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Visit of the Tai Tai

I loved it. I thought Ivan Heng was diva-licious. Absolutely impressed by the production quality. The sets were beautiful, the lighting and sounds and soundtrack was tight. The plot was awesome. This was my best Singapore theatre experience so far.

It used to be that as long as the production didn't make me cringe, I'd have been okay with the show...that was how bad Singapore's scene was. But it's heartening to see such a well put together show. Bravo.

Although, I must say that coming out of the theatre, glowing from how I enjoyed the show, I met a few friends of friends that said they either hated it or fell asleep. ??? Goes to show how subjective theatre is.

But the 5 other people I went with thoroughly enjoyed it. So that makes at least 6 of us that did.

So I'd say, GO SEE IT! with 2 thumbs up. But given the shocker that other people didn't, I shall stand by my opinion, but sticker on this disclaimer: you might turn your thumb down (though I can't quite comprehend why).

kellykelly, 10/24/2004 11:51:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Baby's Back!

It works! My laptop's working tip-top! Ohhh my babyyy....
kellykelly, 10/23/2004 01:19:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Friday, October 22, 2004

Acer Less than Ace?

When I spend $2400 on a brand new laptop and a brand new wireless router from the people that made the laptop, I expect things to work in plug-and-play flawlessness, in our age of advanced technology and yadda. So when the wireless connection fails to plug and play as it should, I am a less than satisfied customer.

I have tried not to curse of late. But I was definitely yelling profanities at my new cold inanimate objects.

Which is a shame. Because my new laptop is a sweet sweet li'll baby. And I'm sure I'll get the connection up. The LAN ethernet connection already does. And the wireless card detects a signal from the router. Just that something's blocking it from getting the IP address. Must be some security thing. I dunno. If someone knows what might be the problem, please tell me. But this initial piece of frustration gets in the way of me completely falling in love with my new baby, which I actually kissed upon taking it out of the box.
kellykelly, 10/22/2004 06:01:00 am | link | 4 comments |

Cat Fight

Graciela, a.k.a. Fat Cat, comes out of quarantine today and will arrive at his new home, The Chansidine Love Nest, at noon today. Which means I have a few precious hours left of cat-hairlessness.

He's gonna be an absolute bitch being 10 years old, and quarantined for a month, after an ardous flight and being away from Patrick for so long.

Graciela and I have had a special relationship...given that I'm not particularly a cat lover, and far less a lover of cat hair. But Patrick adores him and loves him with a passion. So my dislike for cats leans towards indifference, by the mitigating factor of Patrick's intense love for the pussy. So I live with Graciela in attempted indifference. He ignores me most of the time, likely because I don't show him love, more likely because I never feed him; and I (try to) pretend he doesn't exist. But his cat hair that takes over my bodily possessions reminds me he does, with a vengence.

As I apprehensively await the onslaught of cat hair invading my life once again, and as Patrick moves around in complete discomfort daily, continuously chugging water to keep his body (which has a completely inefficient thermoregulation for heat) hydrated in this tropical island right next to the equator, one can only shrug and sigh, "the things we do for love".

kellykelly, 10/22/2004 05:49:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Delayed Telecast

Aside from our delightful nightly episodes with the fabulous Sopranos on DVD, Patrick and I have found another, albeit weekly, delight. Although this one will be listed under 'guilty pleasure', because it's just...I mean, I really shouldn't admit this...just cos...just cos...it's Donald Trump (*collective shudder*).

Yes, so all the hype about The Apprentice has come and gone, and we have never watched a single episode back in America, because, well, we just didn't watch TV (except for The Simpsons). And Donald Trump is just...eeeuuww.

But we were both in the mood to shut our brains off last night. And flipping through the channels, we caught the beginning of the 4th episode in Star World. After much eeeuwww-are-you-watching-that??s from Patrick, he went "so turn the channel back" when I flipped during the commercials. We found ourselves wanting to watch on and bitch about everyone on the screen, especially Donald Trump.

So we put aside our realitytvsux bias admited how horribly entertaining it was. And oh so fun to bitch at. I think I'll be watching next week's episode. Bye Bye Brains.
kellykelly, 10/20/2004 05:13:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Jon Stewart vs O'Reilly

I would have taken you to the official site, but I got a headache just looking at it. This one's better. Just words. And read this article after you read the transcript too.

Just as I was talking about how I hate Crosstalk and Fox News, I realized that my hero Jon Stewart was on O'Reilly factor as well (Sept 17 2004), and boy, I'm dying to find the video clip of it online. Can someone please send me the link if they find it??

Script-writers are gonna list this exchange under the chapter 'How to Expose the Idiot':

STEWART: Do you really believe France is, in any way, worthy of a boycott?

O'REILLY: I do. I think France has really hurt the USA, to be...

STEWART: Really?

O'REILLY: Yes, I do.

STEWART: More than like Saudi Arabia? You would advocate a boycott...

O'REILLY: No, I'm not going to say more than Saudi Arabia. But I'm saying we do a lot...

STEWART: So why not boycott them?

O'REILLY: France is supposed to be our friend. Saudi Arabia is...

STEWART: Since when?
STEWART: Since the revolution they haven't been our friend.

O'REILLY: OK, when you get a guy like Kerry on...


O'REILLY: ... and again, he bypassed me, so I took it personally, he went over to talk to you...

STEWART: But you and I are not competitors, let's be frank about it.

O'REILLY: Well, we're on our second rerun on THE FACTOR -- is now at 11 o'clock.

STEWART: I don't mean in terms of -- we're not competitors in terms of content. You're a news show, and we are a comedy show.

O'REILLY: That's true. But what do you want the audience to get out of your discussion with Kerry? Just yucks, or anything else?

STEWART: First of all, I shall rarely refer to it as yucks, and I think you should reconsider.

O'REILLY: OK, I'm sorry about that arcane term.

STEWART: "Shnicks," we call it shnicks -- shnicks and giggles.

kellykelly, 10/19/2004 04:57:00 pm | link | 1 comments |

Stewart vs Crossfire

Came across the link on Teddy's site this morning. Patrick later recommended it to me on a separate occassion.

You can read the transcript on the CNN website, but I would suggest you watch the video clip. Watching Jon Stewart beat down the twats in bowties is priceless. Even more priceless is Carlson's reaction to this exchange:

CARLSON: I do think you're more fun on your show. Just my opinion.

CARLSON: OK, up next, Jon Stewart goes one on one with his fans...

STEWART: You know what's interesting, though? You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.

Crossfire and anything on Fox News are reasons why I couldn't bear watching a lot of TV News anymore. Thank you Jon Stewart for telling them "Please, please stop".
kellykelly, 10/19/2004 01:38:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Zouked Out

Raving till 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, I'm officially Zouked Out. Tom Stephan had Sander Kleinenberg beat though. At least in my opinion. Hilarious yesterday that we saw a local celebrity, Patricia Mok, getting wasted drunk with her friends on the dance floor. For that skinny gal, she sure can drink.

But I now officially declare a hiatus from Zouk till Danny Tenaglia on November 6th. By then, I should be sufficiently re-charged to dance till dawn. Danny Tenaglia is known to play super long sets. He tends not to stop as long as someone's still on the dance floor. I heard the last time he played in SF, he went on till past noon. That'll be a stretch for the Singapore crowd, but lets see how much of Danny we can take.

The house-warming party on Saturday evening was lovely. We got a new microwave oven! Thank you, sweethearts. You know who you are. We have thrown a few 'house-warmings' already, from small dinners to bigger pot-lucks, for family, old friends, re-kindled friends and new ones. I can officially say that the Chansidine nest has been well warmed up. Stay tuned, the dinner parties aren't over yet. Our cosy nest will stay open.
kellykelly, 10/17/2004 08:09:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Thursday, October 14, 2004


Oh lordy! Have Mercy on my dancing feet!

Zouk's lineup:
Oct 15 (Fri) - Sander Kleinenberg
Nov 06 (Sat) - Danny Tenaglia (!!!)
Nov 12 (Fri) - Armin Van Buuren
Nov 13 (Sat) - Aldrin
Nov 14 (Sun) - Sasha (!!!)
Dec 04 (Sat) - Paul Van Dyk, Timo Maas, DJ Jazzy Jeff (Zoukout!!!)

ThankyouThankyouThankyou! We hardly ever got those line-ups in sunset clubbing industry San Francisco.

I hate the cheesy connotations of that label, but darn it, you may call me a Zoukette!
kellykelly, 10/14/2004 09:35:00 am | link | 5 comments |

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

MM Lee UnStamped!

Shucks. Teddy couldn't get the MM Lee stamps published.

Maybe it's a good thing. Don't want men in white knocking on my door because of a postcard stamp.

kellykelly, 10/13/2004 11:39:00 am | link | 0 comments |

"What? You are kidding! I have sex everyday!"

From ChannelNewsAsia:

...Couples have been having sex less and less often - down from 110 times a year in 2002 to just 79 times now.

In fact, the latest and most extensive Durex Global Sex Survey found that out of 41 countries, only the Japanese are having less sex than the Singaporeans - just 46 times a year.

Only once or twice a week - that's how often Singaporean couples have sex.

This is a far cry from the amorous French who topped the sex survey, getting busy between the sheets twice as often.

Clearly Singaporeans have other things on their minds?

"Everyone is working like from 9am to 9pm. There's no time."

"Stress from work, chasing money and everything."

But some Singaporeans were clearly surprised by the low libido all around them.

"What? You are kidding! I have sex everyday!"

But when they do have sex, Singaporeans rush - spending four minutes less on foreplay than the average of almost 20 minutes...

Aren't journalists supposed to tell us who they quoted? Or at least cite an anonymous respondent? I have this vision of a pimply 18 year old army boy with shaved head yelling that out while at Mambo.
kellykelly, 10/13/2004 09:47:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Dragon and Eagle

Nerd Alert!

Last week's Economist survey on the World Economy (the "world" defined as "China and US") is probably one of the more interesting and insightful ones I've read recently.

In a nutshell:

America's and China's booms have been reinforcing each other. Low American interest rates encouraged capital to flood into China, fuelling its investment boom, and American consumers bought lots of Chinese exports. At the same time, America's imports of cheap Chinese goods and cheap Chinese capital (in Treasury bonds) have held down inflation and interest rates and so supported its spending binge. However, the resulting excessive consumption in America and excessive investment in China have both become unsustainable.


China's road to prosperity is not without risks. Its economy may well stumble during the next year or so. But its future prospects remain excellent, built on genuine wealth creation as currently underemployed labour is put to productive use. In contrast, American consumers have been living in never-never land, financing their spending by borrowing against illusory gains in wealth (i.e. rising house prices).

So many fluxes and flows go beneath our daily consciousness that most of us are either unaware of or choose to ignore. The entire survey was a great exercise in mapping real life into economic theories and vice versa. I wish my Econ 100 classes had tied in these real life cases more.
kellykelly, 10/13/2004 09:31:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Hot and Cold

I am amazed how different thermoregulation works for my body and Patrick's. He can be sitting down with the fan blowing in his face and still sweat buckets, when it would take a run in the sun for me to even start sweating.

I found a clue, a reason why this could be so: larger mammals lose heat slower than smaller ones because their body surface to volume ratio is lower. Patrick is almost a foot taller and about 1.8 times my weight.

Although there will be many my size who don't like the heat that would tell me otherwise.
kellykelly, 10/13/2004 09:24:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Majulah Singapura!

Singaporean gets on the front page of CNN.

We now hold the record for the world's fastest SMS typer and the person who can stuff more burgers in his mouth than anyone else in the world!

"There was a time when people said
That Singapore won't make it, but we did...
...We are Singapore, Singaporeeaannnsss..."
kellykelly, 10/12/2004 10:01:00 am | link | 0 comments |

Monday, October 11, 2004

Alas...Adieu Acer!

So my darling but antique Acer Travelmate 603 finally crashed on me this weekend. It lasted me 5 years, all through my college education and then some, which is longer than the average age of a computer these days. By the time it died, due to a fan that was probably clogged up, overheating the motherboard, the battery's been shot and the screen hinge got loose...but it still worked pretty damn well for a 5 year old laptop. It will be fixed, it will be passed on to my parents to use as a supplementary word processor, but it's dead to me.

Which means I get to buy a new computer..*Sobs* and *Whoohoo!* at the same time. The former because my baby's dead and I have to spend more moolah. The latter because it's always exciting to get a new baby. I'm thinking of an Acer, cos I loved my old Acer and it lasted me a good 5 years (without any problems till after its 4th year), and cos I hate the labor of choice which will increase with every brand I include in my options. *phht* Time to go shopping at Sim Lim Square and spend more $$$. Although I was told not to bring the ang mor along cos I "will get your "chai-tao" chopped", which I take it to mean I will be quoted higher prices. We'll see how true that is...


Back from Sim Lim: I'm looking at a sweet Acer Travelmate 4001LMi...quoted price $2450. But it's beautiful...
kellykelly, 10/11/2004 11:08:00 am | link | 65 comments |

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Home Sweet Home

It's almost funny to say that I have not felt at home for 4 years. Meaning, since I left for Berkeley, everywhere I had hopped to never really felt like HOME for long. The dorms sure wasn't home. My place in El Cerrito was home for about year. But with rotating roomates, and my absence from that place since I spent most of my time skipping over to San Francisco, it ceased to be so. Then I moved back to Berkeley and stayed with 3 other people whom I hardly knew, spending most of my days and nights in San Francisco with Patrick. Then I moved in with Patrick and his sister, but as wonderful and home-y as that place was, it never felt like -my- home because all their stuff was there. In between, I'd visit Singapore, but it wasn't quite home. My old room was occupied by my dear late grandfather and the house had a maid that was hired to look after him, who was a sweetheart but was effectively a stranger to me. Of course there are the dear ol' parents that will always represent a base HOME to me, no matter where I go and no matter how old I grow, but it wasn't -mine-.

Funny then to say that the first time in a long while that I'm feeling truly at -my- home is a place I'm sharing with someone else. But since he is my other half, I can state for the record that it's my-slash-our home. And golly-gosh, I love this place so much. I've not felt this sense of home for so long, and it feels good have a home to go home to. So we have a one year lease, and who knows where we might be in a year or two...but it's still my/our home now.

We had our inaugural cooking session at home last night. Patrick finally got enough kitchen utensils and ware to cook with. We used to have people come over to our place all the time in SF. Last night, we had our first dinner party in Singapore. Noeline and Ernest came over. We had pasta with basil cream sauce, spinach salad with cranberries and dragonfruit dressing (that was fab), and grilled salmon. We look forward to many many more dinner parties to come. You are invited.
kellykelly, 10/07/2004 03:57:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

We Are Connected

We are officially moved in. We now have internet connection at home. :)
kellykelly, 10/05/2004 09:46:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

Monday, October 04, 2004


Sushi Tei whoops Sakae Sushi's ass.

Eating Japanese food makes me very very happy.

Eating Japanese food in Singapore for 1/4 of the price I'd have to pay in San Francisco makes me very very very happy.
kellykelly, 10/04/2004 02:17:00 pm | link | 2 comments |

Bouncing Bunnies, Pining, Walking, Spending

Whatta weekend! Started off bouncing to Matthew Dekay @ Zouk on Friday night. He's definitely no top class DJ, but he played specifically the type of dark progressive house that I -love-, so I was a lot more forgiving. Definitely danced till my feet hurt. We were there till he closed the night. In the last song, while Patrick was raving with some Malay dudes on the dance floor, I was approached by a blond British chick wearing a playboy bunny outfit. She just came up to me and asked me to dance with her with the sweetest voice. It was completely bizarre. But I danced anyway.

Saturday night was Courtney Pine. Whatta performer! He is what I call a true live performer. Musicians can play music, but true performers like Pine and his band were able to make music play--you could almost see the notes jumping out, talk to each other and caress each other...I can't describe it any other way. I was mesmerized. And I am not even a jazz fan (although he did play a variety of music)! He played with the crowd, got everyone to stand up and dance, and wrapped up the night going into the crowd and high-fiveing everyone while playing his sax (I'll never wash my hands again). Such a great talent, such a great guy. You could tell he's a beautiful person just by the way he spoke to the crowd.

We spent the rest of the night walking along the river from the Esplanade all the way back to our place. Took us more than an hour, but what a lovely walk. We definitely love where we live.

Peppering the weekend was loads and loads of spending. My credit card is aching. Start-up costs of moving to a new place is always painfully expensive, even when you have a parents' house (thank you Mummy! thank you Papa!) to raid. But, we have a love nest for ourselves, now equipped with a 29-inch TV, DVD player and surround sound. After dinner with my mom at the famous Zion Road Char Kuay Teow 2 mins walk away, Pat and I spent the rest of the night cozying up with a couple of Resfest videos and a Sopranos episode.

And that's my idea of a great weekend.
kellykelly, 10/04/2004 09:19:00 am | link | 1 comments |

Friday, October 01, 2004

Yee Mah Update

Just to follow up on my previous post: my dear Yee Mah that got hit by a bus is ok...or at least ok by got-hit-by-a-bus standards. She got a hard knock on the head and a broken arm, and is obviously feeling it.

The thing about Yee Mah, and many women of her generation, is that they seem to be made up of an entirely different compostion from us. I gripe and whine, out loud and on the web and just about everywhere else, about any discomforts, any depressed thoughts/ideas/feelings, I encounter. There seem to be so many (too many) outlets available to us, or that I made available to me, to release anything less than comfortable. We grew up in a generation of the Verbose! the Articulate! the Wit!, the people that could Express! what they feel, "Express yourself, hey hey hey hey!"

But Yee Mah represents the sort from a generation of hard knocks. I did not once hear a peep of complaint from her as we stood by her hospital bed, even though she was obviously in tons of pain. When we asked her if she was in pain, she would say no, no, no softly, where it was clear the opposite was true. Yee Mah was of the generation that experienced some of World War II. She was of the generation that was expected to live with their parents and look after them when they grew old. Yee Mah was of the sort that never cringed to clean up all the shit (literally) that no one else would go near. And now that she's the one to be looked after, she refuses (not in a I-am-woman-hear-me-roar way, but in a simple I-have-never-even-thought-about-complaining way) to whine and to be felt sorry for.

Not to say we should bottle up our feelings, but we've got so much to learn from women like Yee Mah. They are made of different stuff. Damn.
kellykelly, 10/01/2004 03:56:00 pm | link | 0 comments |

The Chansidine Love Nest

Phew! This is the 5th time I have done this in the past 4 years--move. It always has the same buzz of excitement for change.

This time, I'm doing it -with- someone. Even though we were already living together in San Francisco, I was moving in to his place with his stuff already there.

This time, we're doing the "our" thing proper, buying our beddings (touching the sheets, testing the bed), our wardrobe, our kitchenware (actually, most of it given by my parents. heh), etc, together. Tiring as hell, but fun as hell. It has been christianed The Chansidine Love Nest.

I know, I know, couple-talk is always nauseatingly about the "we", not the "I". And it is just so not cool to be a couple in a Sex-and-the-City era, innit? People tend to complain or judge about the loss of individuality, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Patrick and I hardly spent time apart since we met 18 months ago, other than the 2 months when I returned to Singapore. And I love him, as in the italicized way, with that italic word getting more emphasized each day. And I gotta say (my immediate family members can attest to this), I can be a highly moody and picky-as-hell whom I spend time with. I usually cannot spend too much time with anybody without craving for my Kelly space.

But for some odd, divine reason, there is this someone with a crazy voice, crazy hair, and a crazy love for cats (which I don't possess), that I have a crazy desire to fit into my back-pocket all day just to be close to him. I just have to not fart.
kellykelly, 10/01/2004 02:35:00 pm | link | 1 comments |


I groaned when I received an email announcing Resfest 2004 this weekend in San Francisco...

...until I remembered it came to Singapore too! Whoohoo! Resfest Nov 5-7. Mark your calendars.
kellykelly, 10/01/2004 11:49:00 am | link | 2 comments |